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Subject: Re: Moderator questions

Author: Will Singleton

Date: 20:18:15 12/12/98

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On December 12, 1998 at 14:35:44, Bruce Moreland wrote:

>Everyone can have opinions about how to moderate this group, but if I am going
>to vote for someone in particular, I would like to know how they would handle
>real cases.  Some of these happened, or happened more or less, and some of them
>are purely hypothetical, and some are a mix of real events and hypothetical
>cases.
>
>So, in the following cases, the question is, how would you handle this?


First of all, I'd like to thank you and the other moderators for tackling the
job, putting in the time, and doing your best.  This place is better for your
efforts, and that's worth a lot.


>1) Some random member that nobody has ever heard of, and who has never written >a post before, writes as his first post some random nonsense laced with >obscenity, not necessarily directed at anyone.

Delete the post, remove the account, asap.


>2) A regular poster responds to a post about Fritz by calling ChessBase a "shit
>company".  A few days later he does it again.  Another poster responds with a
>defense of ChessBase, and concludes by making unfavorable comments about this
>guy's intelligence.  Chessbase hater replies with a very long obscenity-laced
>tirade against ChessBase and against this second guy.

Any post containing obscenity is deleted immediately.  If poster is known and
has a good record, he gets one warning.  Second offense gets the account
removed.


>3) A member complains to you that a regular poster compared him unfavorably with
>Adolf Eichmann on rec.games.chess.computer, and includes with his complaint a
>long narrative about how seriously he takes this, since his family suffered at
>the hands of the Nazis, and demands that someone like this not be allowed to
>continue posting where he can see it, meaning in CCC.

Anything said by a poster here containing crazy stuff (eg nazis, etc) gets his
post removed and account suspended.  If the same material is posted elsewhere,
the account is also suspended.  No room for potshots from afar.


>4) Same guy as in the previous example complains to you that this guy is now
>copying his CCC posts into r.g.c.c., and is responding to them there in such a
>manner that would clearly be against the CCC charter if he made his responses >in CCC.

Again, a comment made by a member elsewhere is the same as if made here.


>5) Same guy as in previous example complains that in response to one of his CCC
>posts, his nemesis wrote a sarcastic reply to it (in CCC), including a ":-)" at
>the end of the post.  You look at the reply and can see the sarcasm, but it's
>not something that ordinarily would have demanded attention.

Depends on if the sarcasm is personal in nature, or rather is related to a
legitimate discussion.  Sarcasm directed at an individual is a personal attack.
Sarcasm, per se, is not wrong.


>6) A regular poster refers to a banned member as a "jerk" in a CCC post, which
>is a more or less true assessment, in your opinion.


This is a personal attack, and would warrant a one-time warning.  The post would
be deleted.  Just because someone is demonstrably a "jerk" doesn't require that
a member point it out.


>7) Some guy registers from a hotmail account as "Donald F. Duck" and starts
>posting informative stuff.

Delete the account.


>8) A member posts instructions regarding how to break the copy protection on
>some commercial chess program.

Praise the member for his service to the workers of the world. (sarcasm)

I hope this is helpful.

Will Singleton



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